BOOSTING KINDERGARTEN PLACES FOR INNER WEST FAMILIES

Thursday, 2 September 2021

 

BOOSTING KINDERGARTEN PLACES FOR INNER WEST FAMILIES

 

The Victorian Government is creating extra kinder places in the inner west with a boost to early education infrastructure ─ making sure young children in the area can access and enjoy Three-Year-Old Kinder.

Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt today announced a $3.72 million Building Blocks capacity grant for ALF Early Learning Centre in Tottenham ─ one of 10 successful grant recipients to share in $13.3 million, creating 561 funded kindergarten places across nine local government areas.

The build will include a purpose-built facility located next to the ALF Community Hub.

 

The proposed project consists of 6 rooms on the ground floor, meeting rooms, parent rooms, kitchen, and office area. The proposed plan allows each child to have the necessary outdoor and indoor spaces. In addition, the building will also provide maternal and child health services.

The Building Blocks Grants program is a streamlined overarching funding scheme that supports early childhood providers with new and existing infrastructure and facilities for eligible three and four-year-old kindergarten
services.

For more information about Building Blocks Grants, visit https://schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Building-Blocks.

In an Australian-first, the Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs.

From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten.
Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029

As part of the Three-Year-Old-Kinder roll-out, the Victorian Government is upgrading infrastructure through a
$1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state.

Quote attributable to Katie Hall MP.

“We’re proud to be boosting early childhood services in the inner west – because we know how important the early years are in setting our kids up for the rest of their lives.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt

“We are investing in more infrastructure for the early childhood sector to ensure Victorian families can access more kinder places and better facilities so their children can get the best start in life.”